I haven’t posted much about writing lately. That’s probably because I’ve been planning writing more than I’ve actually been writing writing.
I have some revisions on Cravings that I want to finish before November. Working through that rewrite should get me rolling in anticipation of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). I’m also planning on going into NaNoWriMo with a well-developed pitch and a clear outline.
That takes planning.
I wanted to share a tool that has become invaluable to me in all stages of the writing process, but especially with concept work. It’s a little recorder app on my phone called AudioMemos. There is a free version, and I can’t remember exactly what the distinctions between the paid and free versions are anymore. However, I do remember that I was very happy when I upgraded to the paid version. I berated myself for dragging my heels before forking out the $0.99 for the full app.
I know that some people are religious about keeping a pen and notepad on them at all times. That’s true for both my writing and musician friends, actually. I’m just not good and keeping track of those things. I misplace stuff all the time. I am, however, never without two things, my wedding ring and my cell phone.
Drop me in any city on earth and I’m going to be fine as long as I have my phone and my credit card. To be honest, if I have my phone… I can get a new credit card.
The perpetual presence of my preferred IT peripheral lets me capture details, ideas, and loose end tie-offs. Driving, running, watching the kids on the playground… all are potential problem solving opportunities.
Heck. I still have the recording of the original idea for Cravings on my phone. You can hear my kids splashing in the background. That’s because I worked through the original concept and a rough outline of the plot during bathtime one evening.
It just kills me when I have one of those, “Oh! That’s brilliant. I have to remember this and write it down when I get home.” moments.
Yeah… those get remembered maybe 10% of the time.
Anyway, I don’t really do app recommendations. This is one that I wholeheartedly endorse, though. I’m sure there are a ton of good ones available. AudioMemos is just the one that I latched onto. Pick one and get comfortable enough so that it’s never more than quick click away.
I haven’t decided which novel I’m going to do for NaNoWriMo next month. It’s between a new Chad Clifton book and a Sci-Fi mystery that I’m falling more and more in love with. Whichever way I decide to go, I have nearly a dozen rambling recordings on each to feed into my outline.
One last thing on NaNoWriMo. My buddy Robby (@robby1066 on Twitter) posted this the other day. Cracked me up and I thought that I should share.
Har har… =)